The GLC has customarily been all but synonymous with Ohio, but the Buckeye State's lock on that claim may be in jeopardy. Turns out that Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is a hotbed of cartoon talent in its own right. Chapter member and Keystone State denizen David Coulson taught us a thing or two in that regard when he and his wife, Wendy, hosted the 2005 GLC Reuben Awards Newspaper Illustration Judging Extravaganza in his home on Saturday, February 26.

Can Michigan and Indiana be far behind?



Above: Back row from left: Secretary/Treasurer Ed Black (who was present in a non-voting capacity to capture the thing for posterity); Vice Chair Tony Cochran (who conducted the proceedings); the Pennsylvania contingent, consisting of David Coulson, Rob Rogers and Mark Brewer; and Polly Keener. Front row: Roy Doty; Craig Boldman. Polly and Craig, who were on hand as alternates, were called off the bench to make up the required complement of seven judges, as Mark Szorady and Frank Pauer got sidelined by that flu bug you've been hearing about.

Two non-member Pittsburgh cartoonists, Mark Zingarelli and George Schill were on hand to meet and greet. Both are promising prospects for membership. You heard it here first.

So: Here are the photos:


That's no ordinary box of bird food that Tony Cochran is rummaging through. It is, in fact, a box filled with the sweat, tears, and hopes of newspaper illustrators from across the country. IOW, it's this year's entries. The suet of dreams.

Pennsylvania's state fossil is called "Phacops rana." The fossils of an extinct marine animal known as the trilobite are found in the rocks of central Pennsylvania. Trilobites were ancient crustaceans, similar to lobsters and shrimp, with jointed legs and no backbones.

I love this photo of GLC Secretary/Treasurer Ed Black, but have no idea what he was laughing at. He's holding a camera, so maybe he managed to get a picture of whatever it was.

Pennsylvania's average July temperature is 71 degrees F.

The group digs in. From left: Roy Doty, Mark Brewer, Rob Rogers, Tony.

Indiana County in Pennsylvania is the "Christmas Tree Capital of the World."

Here are the two non-member guest cartoonists I mentioned. Left: George Schill; Right: Mark Zingarelli.

In Hazleton, Pennsylvania there is a law on the books that prohibits a person from sipping a carbonated drink while lecturing students in a school auditorium.

One of the Coulson family pets, Smokey.

Pennsylvania is the first state of the fifty United States to list their web site URL on a license plate.

The room in which the judging took place was a newly-built addition to David and Wendy's home; added on just to accommodate us.

The colony of Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn, who got the land in a grant from the King of England.

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